THE mother of a 23-month-old Leeds toddler battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma has blasted Twitter trolls who used her son’s photograph to accompany “disgusting” tweets.
Brave Riley Hoult is undergoing chemotherapy at Leeds General Infirmary after being diagnosed with the illness at the end of November.
Riley’s mother Sophie, 20, of Middleton, is sharing her son’s cancer fight story with thousands of people on Facebook and at Twitter account @RileysJourney_ in a bid to raise awareness of neuroblastoma,
She was devastated to discover a Twitter account @funny_cancer had been set up using Riley’s image as the account’s profile picture.
Messages tweeted from the rogue ‘Cancer is Funny’ account, which stated it was based in Leeds, included: ‘people with cancer deserve to die’ and ‘cancer is funny because people die.’
Miss Hoult reported the incident to West Yorkshire Police who advised her to contact Twitter.
She and dozens of other users of the social networking site reported the incident to Twitter and the account was suspended.
Miss Hoult said: “I reported it to Twitter that Riley was being harassed.
“I’m disgusted. I suppose they got access to a picture from the Facebook page. Because it’s a picture of Riley I just think it is aimed at Riley.
“I think it’s absolutely disgusting. Can you imagine all those families that have had people die of cancer. It’s awful, They are sick in the head.”
Twitter user Ashley Gilkes tweeted to @funny_cancer: “This page is sick. Have reported this to Twitter. Riley is a beautiful brave boy. Cancer is not funny and neither are you.”
To follow Riley’s story, go to facebook.com/RileysJourneyxo